Ricky Rubio's in-game pep talk to Shved: "Alexey, change this face. Be happy. Enjoy!" [VIDEO]

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Feeling down? Just imagine Ricky patting you on the head and telling you to turn the frown upside down, and your attitude will improve in a jiff.
If the whole basketball thing doesn't work out for him -- and these days, it's working out pretty well -- Ricky Rubio would probably be an amazing self-help guru.

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A little under a year ago, we marveled at the wisdom Ricky displayed during the early stages of his recovery from devastating knee injury. Then, last night, he shared his Zen-like perspective on life with rookie Alexey Shved during the Timberwolves' nationally televised 116-94 loss to the Lakers.

Shved -- a young Russian who has had a promising albeit inconsistent rookie season -- was in the midst of a rough 1-5 shooting night and sulking while walking back to the court after a timeout when Ricky sought him out and offered this advice: "Alexey, change this face. Be happy. Enjoy!"

Here's the video:

It's something to keep in mind next time you've got the blues. Thanks, Ricky.

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digitalprotocol topcommenter

Ricky sucks bigtime...get off his stick

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Love Ricky Rubio, great player and looks like a great guy.  I hope the TWolves build around him for years. 

Hunter S. Chompson
Hunter S. Chompson

This is one of many reasons this is his team. None of those guys have any reason to smile this year, but Ricky won't allow them not to.

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